Support for Questioning and LGBT/Poly/Kinky/Gender non-conforming Adults and Adolescents: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Biological Sex, Sexual Orientation, Kink Preferences, and Relationship styles are all on a spectrum, and often these identities can change throughout a lifetime. Queer folx often experience unique challenges in terms of dealing with issues like coming out, shame, self doubt, and managing relationships with those who are less than supportive. There are also intersectional factors like being Queer and POC, or Queer and disabled, that add to the complexity. I'm here to honor and make space for all parts of you; the warrior, the wounded child, the organizer, and the artist. Sometimes these parts can take over, and you find yourself coping with difficult times in ways that seem to only make things worse. I can help you accept those parts and allow your wise self to step in more often to help steer you in the direction you want to go, so that you can life the live you deserve.
Trauma and PTSD: There are many different types of trauma; specific traumas (like a car accident), developmental trauma (abusive care takers), intergenerational trauma (parent is an abuse survivor or war survivor), and systemic trauma (growing up in a homophobic/transphobic/shaming environment). I can help create a space for you to understand and digest your trauma, and develop tools to cope with triggers.
Anxiety: Most people experience situations that are anxiety provoking at some point. For some, these symptoms can be more significant and impact our ability to have relationships with others, function at work, fall asleep at night etc. By being curious and creating a safe environment, we can work together to identify tools for coping with and better understanding the roots of your anxiety so that it can have less of an impact on your daily life.
Depression:Depression also comes in many forms. For some, they feel a low-grade depression that seems to last from day to day and year to year. For others, they experience discrete episodes of not wanting to engage in previously enjoyable activities, low mood, not wanting to get out of bed, changes in appetite, crying and sometimes thoughts of suicide. Whatever form your depression takes, I can work together with you to be curious and fully understand its roots, while simultaneously taking steps to develop a plan to gradually get your mood back on track, including using tools from evidence-based practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Psychedelic Integration: Many people experience non-ordinary states of consciousness at some point in their lives including through meditation, use of psychedelics, or through a near death experience. Experiences can range from the mundane, to the terrifying, to the etherial and mystical. These experiences can cause us to confront parts us parts of ourselves that had been hidden or forgotten, especially related to identity. Sometimes this material can be overwhelming and I can support you with processing whever comes up. Please note that due to legal and ethical guidelines I do not provide substances of any nature, nor do I encourage their use. Psychedelics continue to be illegal outside of the context of FDA approved studies. I am simply able to provide a non-judgemental, compassionate place to process these experiences. To learn more about current research and legal issues, I encourage you to check out the work of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies at maps.org